The Diabetic Amputation Prevention (DAP) Foundation recently announced it will continue its 50-city tour, the Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program, in New York.
The program will offer free diabetes and high-blood pressure screenings and provide information on prostate cancer to African American men at 30 black-owned barbershops throughout Harlem, Manhattan and the Bronx. The Black Barbershop Health Outreach Program (BBHOP) is a unique grassroots approach to health education and testing.
“Our goal is to screen over 2000 African American men in the New York metropolitan area and provide preventive education about the disease and its complications,” said Dr. Bill Releford, founder of DAP Foundation’s Black Barbershop Outreach Program, in a press statement.
The foundation’s overall mission is to increase public awareness of diabetes and its complications through early detection, information dissemination and word-of-mouth. Diabetes and high blood pressure screenings will be free to the public in all of the 30 designated barbershops. Participants with abnormal findings will be referred to physicians or health care facilities listed in our “Real Black Book” Medical Resource Guide developed by BBHOP.
For more information and upcoming tour dates, visit blackbarbershop.org.